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Aviation Authority Helps Zoo

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority in Florida has teamed up with the Jacksonville Zoo to provide tree clippings and shrubbery (also known as “browse”)  to the zoo’s animals. The area around the airport offers natural vegetation year round that will supplement the diets of the zoo’s giraffes, okapis, great apes, and elephants.

According to Michael Stewart, JAA’s Director of External Affairs, “This partnership is going to make a tremendous impact to the amount of healthy browse needed by our local zoo. We’re pleased that we can provide the zoo access to property that meets their need to supply an enriched diet of seasonal trees and shrubs to such a variety of animals.”

Next time you’re at the zoo, you just might see a giraffe or an elephant eating leaves from the airport!

Elephants eating clippings at Jacksonville Zoo

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